Troubador Designs of a Gentleman

Released: 28/02/2019

ISBN: 9781789016468

eISBN: 9781789013061

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Designs of a Gentleman

The Early Years


Presenting the prequels to the well-received Philip Devalle series, Designs of a Gentleman: The Early Years and The Darker Years introduce the adventurous character we know and love right back at the beginning! 

The Early Years - 1662, and Charles 11 has been King for two years. Restoration England is an exciting place of opportunity for an ambitious man and Philip Devalle, the young son of an earl, comes to London determined to make a name for himself. In an age when there is the Plague, the Fire of London and a war against the Dutch there is also religious intolerance - and scheming politicians. In the adventurous years ahead of him Philip will come to discover that there is a sinister side to Court, and will need to be constantly on his guard if he is to survive not only as a soldier in the French army but also as a courtier in England, at the Court of Whitehall, and at the Court of Versailles, ruled over by Louis XlV, the Sun King. 

Flowers of Languedoc, the 6th book in the Philip Devalle series is now being published and will be out soon!

''A very compelling book and difficult to put down''

. Excellent 17th Century historical fiction “A well written and researched book set in 17th Century England and France with a mixture of fictional and actual people of the period. The main fictional character being Philip Devalle and his involvement in the intrigues of English and French Royal Courts. Including his part in the ‘Popish Plot’ and the plot to support the Monmouth Rebellion. He is not the usual ‘perfect hero’ but this makes him believable and more interesting. A very compelling book and difficult to put down. I can’t wait to read further adventures of Philip Devalle”

by By RT - 5 out of 5 stars.

Judith Thomson

Brought up in Lincolnshire, Judith studied Art in Leicester before moving to Sussex, where she still lives.

She is passionate about the seventeenth century and has gained much inspiration from visits to Paris and Versailles. She has written several stories based around actual events of the period, set in both England and France, and following the lives of some of the same characters.

She likes to paint, enjoys boating on the French canals and scuba diving in the Red Sea. She has helped on a local archaeological dig and enjoys exploring the ancient landscape of Britain as well as following Native American trails in the deserts of southwest U.S.A.

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